The whole point of algorithms is to be blind to everything except data. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that in the wrong hands, algorithms and AI could have a very negative impact on users. We learned more in a recent ACLU post, “New York Takes on Algorithm Discrimination.”
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This is a very promising step toward solving a very real problem. From racist coding to discriminatory AI, this is a topic that is creeping into the national conversation. We hope others will follow in New York’s footsteps and find ways to prevent this injustice from going further.